Evening Clouds & Queen Anne's Lace

Monday, December 7, 2009

'Catrina',

I painted this portrait as gift for a very dear
friend on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Born on a farm in the Canadian prairies she has
lived a very full and interesting life that she
has chronicled in a wonderful book.
A veteran of WW II she continues to lead
a very active and independent life.
Most of her life she went by the name of Kay.
Being of Ukrainian heritage in those days
many of her siblings and friends had their
names arbitrarily changed by a grade
school teacher on their first day at school
because they where considered too unusual
and hard to pronounce! When she told us
this story several years ago we have always
called her by her birth name 'Catrina' which
always brings a smile to her face. 
Oil on canvas 
10 x 8.
Your thoughts and comments are
always encouraged!
Jeffrey
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NFS

10 comments:

Victor Errington said...

Hi Jeffrey.
What a wonderful portrait of a
wonderful lady. Lovely story as well. Thanks for explaining the detailes Jeffrey, and all the best.
Vic.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Thanks Victor...she has a great many wonderful stories.

Jeffrey

Melinda said...

I like this portrait, Jeffrey. You've captured a very strong spirit and you're pretty lucky to have such a friend. We have a neighbor lady who lives across the street from us who, with her husband, built some of the houses in our 'hood back in the mid 40s. She has that kind of expression and looks like she could be a distant relative.

What a treasure. And, very, very good painting!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Thanks Melinda...it really is wonderful to be able to connect to our past with someone who really was there!

Jeffrey

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Beautiful.
My husband's mother was born in Diligent River, NS. Her older sister lived her life in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, beginning in a sod house. I believe she lived way into her 90's.

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Thanks Mary...there must be a book in there somewhere...

Jeffrey

Nicki said...

What a wonderful and generous gift for your friend, Jeffrey. Not only the beautiful portrait you painted for her, but also that you call her by her given name.

Hope you are well,
Nicki

Sadia Hussain said...

A very nice gesture and you couldn't have given a better gift!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Thanks Nicki...had some fun doing it...

Jeffrey

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

Thanks Sadia...she really loved it and that it was a suprise!

Jeffrey